It’s a simple task really – dance to tunes, buy a few drinks and you could help save one of Sydney’s foremost late-night dining institutions. That’s the challenge being thrown at Sydneysiders this Saturday 28th May as UberEats hooks up with local dancefloor heroes Bag Raiders, Cosmo’s Midnight and Flight Facilities’ Hugo Gruzman in an attempt to save Indian Home Diner from a potentially devastating cut in trade.
I realise anyone reading this from anywhere but Sydney may be a bit confused right now. There are plenty of casual Indian eateries dotted around the inner-city, but Indian Home Diner is rightfully known as one of the very best. Not only because the beloved Paddington venue has perfected the art of the Indian kebab, but Indian Home Diner has long been one of the only Oxford Street institutions to stay open well past midnight on weekends.
On Fridays and Saturdays it was pretty much a rite of passage to stumble into the tiny venue just before closing time – 3 am – and walk out with some thick pieces of chicken flavoured with butter chicken sauce and wrapped in an indulgent cheese and garlic naan. That was until recently.
The small business is now under threat after Woollahra Council found the restaurant was in breach of its DA and needed to close at midnight, effectively cutting some of its peak trade and potentially crippling the late-night dining icon for good.
Testament to just how popular Indian Home Diner has been for over a decade, countless petitions and community outrage quickly followed the council’s decision. Hence we’re now on the path to a rowdy fundraiser, taking place just a couple of doors from Indian Home Diner, at the Unicorn Hotel, where the night will be led by all three aforementioned acts – royalty as far as Sydney’s electronic scene goes.
Affectionally referred to as the Rave 2 Save Indian Home Diner, the ticketed event will do plenty to help Indian Home Diner’s owner, Robert Chowdury, raise funds in order to lodge an appeal against the council and engage a town planner to review the DA conditions.
UberEats will donate every dollar from every ticket sold to help Indian Home Diner’s appeal. Tickets are available from Eventbrite for $32.50 until sold out.
And if you feel like doubling up on your live music fix this weekend, remember that AMEX’s Back the Night music festival – headlined by Gang of Youths – is on all day Sunday 29th May.